Australia boosts support for Global Environment Facility

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The Federal Government has joined an international effort to support developing countries address urgent environmental issues and reduce the impacts of climate change.

Announced ahead of this week’s 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference, the government has committed $80 million over four years to the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The GEF provides critical support for developing countries on issues including plastic pollution, the elimination of harmful chemicals, climate action, restoration of land, protection of international waters, sustainable cities and strengthening biodiversity conservation.

Australia’s commitment forms part of $5.33 billion in pledges globally from donor governments to support the facility’s operations through to June 2026, a 30 per cent increase from its last operation period.

Tanya Plibersek, Minister for the Environment and Water, will speak at the UN Ocean Conference, marking her first appearance on the world stage since appointment to her new role.

“There is no such thing as a healthy environment or healthy oceans without action on climate change. Ambition is our only option,” she said.

“The new Australian Government understands the urgency of the environmental challenges facing our planet, and we are committed to being a leader in the global right to solve them.

“This includes working closely with our Indo-Pacific neighbours to address the impacts of climate change, reduce marine plastic litter, support the blue economy and manage marine protected areas.”

The 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference is currently underway in Lisbon, Portugal, and runs until 1 July.

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